1- Visitare la città ideale del Rinacimento Pienza

1. Visit the Ideal City of the Renaissance: Pienza

Its history is closely linked to Enea Silvio Piccolomini, who in 1458 became Pope Pius II. The pontiff entrusted the Florentine architect Bernardo Rossellino with the important task to bring the town back to life. The result was a city project, which was wonderful for its regular design and rational plan, very different from the disorderly atmosphere that usually prevailed in the medieval villages.

2- Raggiungere a piedi la Cappella di Vitaleta

2. Walk to the Church of Vitaleta

Despite its small size and its location hidden among the fields of Val d’Orcia and nestled between two rows of cypress trees, this little Chapel has become an important feature among the best-known landscapes in the world. You will find it between Pienza and San Quirico d’Orcia, along the Chianciano Provincial Road 146.

3- Fotografare il boschetto di cipressi

3. Take a picture of the famous group of cypress trees

The famous group of cypresses nestled in the naked hills of San Quirico d’Orcia has inspired all kinds of legends and old wives’ tales. Its history is actually linked to the hunting “hide”, a small wood created by hunters to attract birds.

4- Visitare Piazza delle Sorgenti a Bagno Vignoni

4. Visit Piazza delle Sorgenti in Bagno Vignoni

Piazza delle Sorgenti, in the centre of Bagno Vignoni, is home to a large medieval bath where the waters gush forth from the thermal spring and slowly evaporate, creating a fairy-tale like atmosphere.

5- Contemplare l’Abbazia di Sant’Antimo

5. Contemplate Sant’Antimo Abbey

Arriving from a beautiful panoramic road that winds between vineyards, olive groves, green hills and remote farmhouses the splendid travertine abbey is the most important Romanesque monument of Southern Tuscany.

6- Godere delle terme naturali di Bagni di San Filippo

6. Relax in the thermal waters of Bagni San Filippo

A magic place to regenerate oneself, body and mind by immerging in these waters flowing downhill from Amiata Mount.

7- Ammirare il panorama in cima alla Rocca di Radicofani

7. Enjoy the landscape from the top of Rocca di Radicofani

Located near Via Francigena, for over a thousand years Rocca di Radicofani has dominated the entire territory among Cetona Mount, Val d’Orcia and Amiata Mount. From the top you can enjoy a spectacular view.

8- Presidiare la Fortezza di Montalcino

8. Defend the territory from the Fortress of Montalcino

The Sienese people started building it around 1361 and in just a few years this fortress took on a real military function, ending up with towers and defensive walls. The first castellan was Francesco Sozzini in 1368, accompanied by thirty-two crossbowmen.

9- Perdersi nel verde degli Horti Leonini a San Quirico d’Orcia

9. Get lost in the green of Horti Leonini in San Quirico d’Orcia

The creation of the Horti Leonini was inspired by the life of Diomede Leoni with his interests and travels. The wonderful gardens in San Quirico d’Orcia today are famous throughout the world.

10- Scoprire il Museo del Teatro Popolare Tradizionale Toscano di Monticchiello

10. Discover the Museum of traditional Tuscan popular theatre

The Museum, set up in an old granary, is located in Montichiello, near to Pienza and home to the popular theatre tradition. This heritage has been passed down from generation to generation and is closely linked to the seasons. The entire structure is different from a usual museum setup.